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This Week@WesternU, Oct. 13-16, 2015

by Rodney Tanaka

October 14, 2015

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Pumerantz Lecture to focus on virtual reality
W. Paul Brown, DDS, FICD, FACD, a pioneer in virtual reality, will serve as the keynote speaker for the seventh annual Dr. Philip Pumerantz Distinguished Lectureship Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at Western University of Health Sciences.

His topic will be “The Impact of Virtual Reality on Health Science Education.” The lectureship will begin at 7 p.m. in WesternU’s Health Education Center Lecture Hall I, 701 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif. 91766.

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WesternU sharing its virtual reality
The J and K Virtual Reality Learning Center (VRLC) at Western University of Health Sciences is changing the way anatomy is taught. Outside organizations are visiting the VRLC to see firsthand how this cutting-edge technology works, and how they can incorporate it to suit their needs.

Executives from VCA Inc., a leading provider of pet health care services in the country, visited the VRLC Sept. 24, 2015.

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A Tribute to Caring
WesternU will hold its annual fundraising gala “A Tribute to Caring” Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California. Molina Healthcare, Inc. will receive WesternU’s Access to Caring Award for making a difference in advancing health care access and availability to underserved people. “A Tribute to Caring” raises money for student scholarships. Click here to visit the ATC website for more information.


Everyone is invited to WesternU’s Casino Night
Don’t miss out on a fun Saturday night!

Western University of Health Sciences will hold Casino Night at 7 p.m. Saturday, October 24, 2015 in the Meritage Room of the Pomona Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, California 91768.

Casino Night is a university-wide event that will bring together the entire campus for a night to connect with alumni, faculty, staff and students. All proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorships will go directly toward student scholarships.

To purchase tickets, please click here. For more information about this event, please visit our website at or contact Austin Braunwalder at 909-469-8495,, or Danielle Katayama at 909-469-5436,


From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

COMP Associate Dean named Educator of the Year
The American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) has named College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education J. Michael Finley, DO, as the recipient of the 2015 W. Douglas Ward, PhD, Educator of the Year Award. Finley was selected for his impact on graduate medical education opportunities for osteopathic residents, and his dedication to promoting the osteopathic profession.

Dr. Finley will receive the award on Oct. 16 at Honors 2015 in Orlando, Florida, AOF’s annual gala, where the best and brightest in the osteopathic profession are recognized each year through scholarships, awards and grants.

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Kudos on accomplishments
At the DHS Patient Safety Conference in Los Angeles, the multi-disciplinary research team from Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center won first place in the Best Patient Safety Poster category. Two third-year COMP students, Duke Yi-Fu Yeh and Jonathan Melgar, were acknowledged for their contribution on the study, “Improved Hypoglycemic Event Rates.” Both Duke and Jonathan were present at the conference to receive the award with some of the study’s co-authors: Dr. Stefan Bughi, Dr. Shanpin Fanchiang, and Dr. Sylvia Shaw.

OMSIII Rasha Ahmed recently presented her poster/case report on cecal volvulus and elevated lipase at Loma Linda for the American College of Physicians meeting (the Internal Medicine specialty society).

Dr. Janice Blumer, Vice Chair of the COMP-Northwest NMM/OMM Department and the OMS I Vice Course Director, received her Fellowship of the American Academy of Osteopathy (FAAO) this past weekend. This process has taken four years and required a research project and the completion of a practical and oral examination. There are very few members of the osteopathic profession who have earned such a high and distinctive award.  She will be officially conferred at the AAO Convocation in March 2016 in Orlando, Florida.


From the College of Dental Medicine:

WesternU launches distance Advanced Training Programs in dentistry
Western University of Health Sciences, a leading innovator in dental education, has officially launched Advanced Training Programs through VirtualU@WesternU, a distance learning Continuing Education and Advanced Training site for health care professionals.

Advanced Training Programs by VirtualU@WesternU offer an entirely new generation of live patient, hands-on learning for clinicians. The programs enable clinicians to access online course content, treat patients in their own office, and receive high-quality supervision and mentorship from virtual faculty as part of the program. Clinicians remain in their practice and retain the revenue from their cases rather than close their office and travel. Treatment protocols and patient progress is monitored through the ICE Health Systems EHR (electronic health record) by course faculty.

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From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Sheri Bowlin-Houston follows in mom’s footsteps
Sheri Bowlin-Houston is following in the footsteps of her mother, dean of the College of Allied Health Professions Stephanie Bowlin, PA, EdD.

Sheri, 33, became a student in August 2015 in the Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) Community Health Education (CHE) track at Western University of Health Sciences.

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From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Anandi V. Law presented an invited seminar and workshop to an audience of more than 200 attendees on “How to use surveys to generate locally relevant evidence through practice – an interactive workshop” with co-presenters Dr. Parisa Aslani and Carl Schneider from The University of Sydney, Australia. Dr. Law’s talk was focused on Survey Design and Validation; and how to use surveys to gather evidence for observational studies especially when RCTs are not possible or not ethical to conduct.  The FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences was held from Sept. 29 to Oct. 3, 2015 in Dusseldorf, Germany.

The 2015 FIP Congress in Dusseldorf, invited practitioners, researchers and academics from all over the world to focus on evidenced driven pharmacy practice based on quality science. In addition to attending the Congress, Dr. James Scott and COP Dean Dan Robinson attended a two day (pre-congress) Global Deans Forum.

Dr. David Min has been awarded a restricted grant from the Mendez National Institute of Transplantation Foundation in the amount of $49,575 to support his research on “Glycosylation pattern as a novel diagnostic marker for antibody medicated rejection in kidney transplant patients.” Dr. Min’s Transplant Research fellow, Dr. Youngil Chang, will be his co-investigator on the project.


From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Betsy Charles was recently notified that she passed the written section of her Radiology boards. She will be taking the oral part of her exams next September.

Dr. Greg Brennan was invited by the Cal Poly Pomona Department of Biological Sciences to give a departmental seminar. The title of his talk was “Gene amplification provides a molecular foothold for viral transmission and adaptation to new species.”


From the Pumerantz Library:

National Medical Librarians Month
October is National Medical Librarians Month (NMLM). To celebrate NMLM the librarians of the Pumerantz Library want you to be prepared for the zombie apocalypse. To help you get prepared we have the following displays and events planned:

Zombie Survival Prep improvised defense weapons display – all month long, Museum.

10 C’s of Survival display – all month long – second floor stairwell.

On campus interlibrary loan office delivery – all month long.

Screening of Zombieland, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in the library’s fourth floor conference room. Please register.

We will also offer the following training sessions in the library’s J and K Virtual Reality Learning Center for faculty, staff and students. Each class has a limit of 20 participants.

5-6 p.m. Oct. 14. Please register

Noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 20. Please register


Our perennial favorite events will make a comeback:

Fine Free Friday – Oct. 16 (this is only for new fines, current outstanding fines don’t count).

Halloween photo contest, take a picture in your Halloween costume with the library in the background and submit with the following #PumerantzHalloween on Oct. 30-31 @pumerantzlib or Facebook.

Halloween “trick or trick” at the library first and second floor desks – Oct. 30-31.

If you have any questions please contact 909-469-5323 ask for Reference or email for more information.

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